Slight chance of storms possible throughout Fourth of July weekend

Isolated storms are possible for the weekend; Saturday expected to by dry and sunny, officials report

Weather forecast for the July 4th holiday weekend in the Chicago area for 2024.

There’s a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms Friday and Sunday over the extended holiday weekend, while Saturday is expected to stay clear, the National Weather Service reports.

A hazardous weather outlook is issued by the NWS for portions of north central Illinois including McHenry, Lake and Kane counties. A risk of limited isolated thunderstorms could hit the area Friday and Sunday through Wednesday.

“You’re going to see that pretty much anywhere we expect even the slightest chance for a thunderstorm or a heavy rainfall or anything that can be considered hazardous weather,” NWS meteorologist Kevin Doom said. “It’s not necessarily a precursor to an active weather day.”

If isolated storms do hit, the NWS do not expect them to bring in high winds or hail, Doom said.

“It will probably just be your run-of-the-mill, pop-up thunderstorm,” he said.

Storms may start to roll in Friday afternoon with a 50% chance. Saturday is expected to be clear and sunny with a high of 81 degrees. A 20 to 40% chance of rainstorms return late afternoon Sunday and continue through the night, according to the NWS.

Michelle Meyer

Michelle is a reporter for the Northwest Herald that covers Crystal Lake, Cary, Lakewood, Prairie Grove, Fox River Grove and McHenry County College